IGT in Reno really has a winner with their new 'Batman: The Dark Knight' slot machines. The slots have been popping up at locations all over the past few months. Based on the hit movie of the same name, the game features a wide-screen with clips of the show and bonus screens for combination winners on the video slots.
Across the Atlantic, even the players in Europe are getting into the fun! When the slots were unveiled in Monte Carlo at the 'Café de Paris' casino on November 25, 2011, many people dressed as characters of Batman's film, giving the unveiling a surreal and enticing flavor.
Bedecked players wandered the grounds and then they posed in front of the opera as part of the arrival of new slot machines with the bat-symbol lit-up against the building. Inside, the property wass fully dedicated to Batman and the film's characters: Joker, Robin, and Catwoman. Monte-Carlo Casinos offer the largest fleet of slot machines in Europe.Borgata vice president of slot operations Tim Burke had a hunch the machines would be wildly popular after first viewing them at the Las Vegas Gaming Expo, so in Atlantic City, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa was the first to offer the machines. They were an instant hit.
Five of the machines have taken residence across from the Noodles of the World restaurant where after picking a seat and a slot machine, players have to choose: Batman or the Joker! Slot symbols then feature the Caped Crusader or Joker and other villains.
The penny machines offer a progressive jackpot game with a maximum bet of 250 credits. Random bonuses trigger clips from the movie across the 100-inch screen, and themed bonuses also offer things like Agents of Chaos and Sonar, and Slight of Hand. During the Slight of Hand bonus, the player runs their palm across the video screen to turn Joker's cards over, revealing the number of credits won.
Aria got the machines early in Las Vegas and dedicated plenty of space to the slots. In Arizona, Fort McDowell casino featured an entire wall with props and cutouts to 'Batman: The Dark Knight.'Who You Gonna Call? - Ghostbusters!
Although the new Dark Knight machines are popular as stand-alone units (linked together with progressive jackpots), several casinos have the machines placed back-to-back with the new Ghostbusters slots. Ghost slots haunted the Strip's MGM properties first in late September to enthusiastic response. The video slots feature popular movie characters like Slimer (the game's host), the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, and the Ghostbusters team.
IGT rolled out the huge Marshmallow Man at Casino Arizona where he loomed several stories above the parking lot and enticed passersby to give the new slots a shot. Up the street at the Talking Stick Resort, the Ecto-One containment vehicle was parked in valet for the weekend event, causing stares and plenty of picture taking.
Unfortunately, the casinos offered just two seats on each side of the Dark Knight and Ghostbuster slots, causing a traffic jam even Gozer the Traveler could not have anticipated. The new Ghostbusters slots feature a 55-inch overhead LCD screen and MEGAfx surround chairs. Film clips play during bonus rounds like Ballroom Busters ("And yes, the flowers are still standing"), the Stay-Puft Free Games Feature, Paranormal Pick Bonus, and of course the favorite Are You Psychic ("I didn't know you would be using electric shock!) round.
"You know, Ray, this reminds me of the time you tried to drill a hole in your head." "That would have worked if you hadn't stopped me."
Hey, if you can't have fun with the new Dark Knight and Ghostbusters slots, I don't know what to tell you. So, head out to your favorite casino and check-out the fun, and don't forget to earn comps with your slot play.